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Interview Q&A with Mark Kuglin
We offer our first and exclusive Q&A Interview with Mark Kuglin, a writer whose literary works have been featured on our Spillwords pages as well as being Author of the Month of July 2018.
- What does it mean to be selected as Author of The Month?
Although I have had some minor success, I am still relatively new to publishing. Therefore, I’m quite pleased to know that the Spillwords community has found my work enjoyable. I am deeply honored by their recognition.
- How have your friends and/or family influenced your writing?
I don't fully base my characters on people I know or someone I’ve met. However, I have used some of their personality traits. I find it particularly useful when I get stuck: How would that “trait holder” act or respond?
- What inspires you to write?
Obviously, I write with the hope that others will find what I’ve done entertaining. However, I try to create works that are unique and a bit out of the box. I have no interest, whatsoever, in writing anything that follows a tried and true formula.
- What was your writing catalyst?
My initial catalyst was positive feedback. Once I received enough, it enabled me to overcome a mountain of self doubt.
- Tell us a little bit about your writing process?
I used to write first drafts with a general destination in mind. After I completed it, I would go back and revise, rewrite and edit as needed. Now, I write with a very loose idea. Each time I sit down to work, I reread what I’ve done and make corrections as I go. I find this method to be less time consuming and stressful. It's also more conducive to my creativity.
- What would you say is most fulfilling about writing?
Although I greatly enjoy reading and getting comments from everyone, my favorite ones come from other writers. There's no better compliment than one from your peers.
- Does the addition of imagery help to tell your story?
Imagery is essential to telling a story. However, I think it's important to not overdo it with descriptive terms. It's one thing to set the scene but too much can inadvertently disengage the reader’s imagination.
- What is your favorite reading genre?
I enjoy a number of different genres but I have a particular fondness for crime fiction.
- What human being has inspired you the most?
This may surprise some people but the human being who has inspired me the most is Marcus Aurelius. The first time I read his “Meditations” it moved me deeply.
- What message would you have for the Spillwords Press community that voted for you?
I want to thank everyone who voted for me. Your act— which may have seemed routine or relatively inconsequential— has been a huge boost to my confidence as a writer. I wish all of you well in your endeavors.
- What would you like your legacy as a writer to be?
I write with the hope that my stories affect at least one person. If I achieve it, that change is my legacy.